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99% of fathers want better paternity rights

A survey of 7,763 fathers and other parents entitled to paternity leave by the maternity rights charity, “Pregnant then Screwed” has revealed that eight out of ten fathers do not believe that their employer provides sufficient support for fathers at work.

97% believed that two weeks’ statutory paternity leave was insufficient and 99% said the government’s paternity offering should be improved. 80% of the fathers surveyed said that their employer offered no enhanced paternity leave.

25% of fathers expecting a baby within the next 6 months had not heard of shared parental leave.

The charity has called on the government to increase parental leave by providing a minimum of six weeks’ parental leave paid at 90% of salary for all new parents.